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Sample of PSC Syllabi

This small sample of syllabi are provided to give students information about the content and structure of our courses.  If you don't see the course you're seeking, please contact our office at or 773-325-7336.

Topics Courses in Winter, 2017

PSC 269/ABD 290, Topics in Public Law: Law and Politics of Mass Incarceration
Tue-Thur, 11:20-12:50, Lincoln Park, Christina Rivers, Ph.D.

This course features key Supreme Court decisions regarding the rights of the accused and how the Court has both expanded and contracted those rights.  It  examines the political and ideological aspects of the "War on Drugs", "three-strikes" laws, mandatory-minimum sentencing, and similar policies.  Particular attention will be given to racial and class disparities in arrests, convictions, and sentencing length, and to police and prosecutorial misconduct.  The course explores the implications of felon and ex-felon disenfranchisement laws and of prison-based gerrymanders on voting and representation.  It considers restorative justice alternatives to mass conviction and incarceration.

PSC 328, Advanced Topics in American Politics:  Politics of Urban Education
Tuesday, 6:00-9:15, Lincoln Park, Valerie Johnson, Ph.D.

This course explores the role of public school education in the reproduction of urban problems.  It examines the historical dynamics influencing inequality and inequities in educational resources and opportunities in metropolitan America.  Students will explore some of the critical issues affecting the delivery of education (school segregation, funding disparities, school discipline policies, and privatization).  They will have an opportunity to volunteer at an under-resourced inner-city public school in lieu of the research paper assignment.

Topics Courses in Autumn, 2016

229, Topics in American Politics: Political Scandals and Crisis Management, Quintin King, J.D.  This course will explore the political, social, and economic underpinnings of various political scandals. It will explore the cause and effect of these incidents: who and what caused them, who was at fault, and why they occur and reoccur. What role do lobbyists, other insiders, and money play in these incidents? The format will include readings, lectures, and a case study method (in which the student will be asked to take on the role of a political crisis manager).

259, Country Studies: Comparative Political Development, Kathleen Arnold, Ph.D.  In this course, students will learn about the recent history of political and economic development programs in developing or developmental countries.  Many of these countries are former colonies which, while they may be resource-rich, suffer from political and economic instability.  We will study development approaches, comparing different methods, as well as critiques of these programs.  The class will investigate the role of the Bretton Woods Institutions in development programs, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations.  We will also focus on specific groups and issues in order to learn about how development affects certain communities.  Gender, class, ethnicity, and indigeneity all play key roles in these analyses.